Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's Eve. Well today we are closing out 2015 and I am sharing a couple projects with you today.  Last week I wanted to work on a layout, but didn't have the time so this week I made sure I got one done.  One of my New Years resolutions is to try to make more time to scrapbook and get my trips we took in 2015 completed before we start our journey to new adventures this next year.  While I am still sorting through the hundreds of Disney pictures to get printed, I made this adorable layout using svg files from PPBN Designs.  I picked bright colors for this one and can't wait to put photos on it.  You use to have to be a member to buy her files, but she has opened it up now to everyone.  Be sure to click on the link and check out all her great designs.  If you love to scrapbook, then you will love her layout kits.  She has lost her father this week and our prayers are with Nikki and her family. If the site has not been opened to the public yet, just book mark it because she is planning on doing it, but with the loss she may have not done it.   I created this with my Cricut Explore.
Well it is New Year's Eve and normally hubby and I just enjoy a dinner out and come home and stay in, but this year we are going to Ohio and visit with family.  We are still doing a home party, but will be super fun.  Since I am the photographer and scrapbooker, I have made some cute photo props and will share the few I have ready.  The cute glasses are a FREE svg file this week so go and snag it.  These are all designs from Myscrapchick  Easy to make and I can't wait to finish these so I can take with me.  Enjoy your night and be safe.  I will be seeing you next week.  Have lots of cleaning and taking Christmas down when I get home and time for some purging too.  This year I didn't receive any crafting tools and supplies other than gift cards, but only because I need nothing!!!!!See you soon!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Christmas Eve

My intentions were good this week, but ended up not being able to get any scrapping done! Will try for next week, but still wanted to share a couple more projects with you today. I hope you are all ready for Santa's big day for all the little ones.  Our grandchildren are growing up so fast, but we still have one little one so it is still magical for her.  The older ones get excited too.  Today I am sharing some package ideas for you.  Still time to whip these up if you need too.  This first one is a tree tag and it is from Dreaming Tree and the website is  This is on their website for free so go and grab it.  I did all these projects with the Cricut Explore, but you can use any of your die cutting machines that you can cut svgs with.  So easy to make and will make your packages sparkle.

This cute little santa bow is from Lori Whitlock at or I also think it is available at Digi Playground too.  He is so cute and easy to make and adorns a package perfectly.  I just ran the white parts through my Cuttlebug to add some dimension.
This last box is also from Dreaming Tree and it is part of the set called O Christmas Tree.  This was much bigger than I thought it would be and was perfect for a gift.  It was not hard at all.  In that set you will find 4 other adorable boxes.  I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest season ever!  May the joy of being with family and friends surround you in the next few days and if you know anyone getting a new machine for Christmas, be sure to send them here to Exploring Cricut.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Some Last Minute Christmas Crafts

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut and More. Today I am sharing some last minute crafts to help with your Christmas packaging. I love to decorate my packages with homemade tags and embellishments.  Today I am sharing a couple Poinsettias I made for my gifts.  These were made with the Cricut Explore and can also be made with the Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machines.  I only work with these two so that is all I know how to work.  These beautiful flowers come from SVGCuts and they are from the 3D Wintergreen set. 
I made this one with the shiny glimmer cardstock in white.  I also put them together using a brad instead of gluing them together and I could move the petals around the way I wanted them.  They made a beautiful addition to my package for my hair stylist!
For the second one I chose another design from that set and I did glue this one together and added a jewel in the center of it.  I glued it to the ribbon and now my package for my friend looks wonderful.  Be sure to check out these designs at
My older kids get money for Christmas, but I like to put it a nice little box.  Today I am sharing a couple I made with the Silhouette Cameo.  I purchased these files in the Silhouette store but Cricut lovers can  purchase the first one Santa Pillow Box #107836 at the Silhouette Store or at  The second one is Santa Claus Gift Box #70569 at the Silhouette store or at   I hope you liked these projects today and if you did, please give me a shout out!!! 
On a personal note, I had the most amazing time on my Disney Vacation.  I am very tired since we just got back, but will rest up this week.  All the shopping is done and a few things to wrap and we call it done!!!!  Lots and lots of pictures to go through.  Scrapbooking is on my to do list for 2016!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Few Projects

Hello and welcome to Exploring Cricut. Today I am sharing some shirts I created for family members. They wanted their favorite sayings from one of their favorite movies, Elf.  I bought the sayings from the Silhouette store and the elf feet.  I just mixed different images to create this shirts.  I know that they will have fun wearing these for Christmas parties.  I used my Silhouette Cameo.  The black shirt is made by creating shapes and fonts on my computer.  My brother showed me a picture of a shirt he saw on the internet and wanted me to make it for a friend.  I was able to create it so close to the picture and I was so pleased with it.  I will see you again next week.  Today as you are reading this, I am on a plane heading to the happiest place on earth!!!!  See you soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Magical Christmas

As I prepare to go on my trip next week, my friend Nikki at PPBN Designs released the members files for November for her club. She just got back from taking her family to Disney and created this adorable layout. Since this is my destination, I decided to hurry and get it made up.  Nothing better than sharing a little Christmas at Disney.  She always has some great layouts and other cuts.  I did this layout with the Cricut Explore and if you decide to check her great site out and want this layout, you will need to know that those two packages with stripes are a bare to cut out.  It is hard to tell but they have several small stripes so be sure to use custom settings and use the intricate cut for these.  Can't tell you how many I ruined till I changed the setting. Now I can't wait to take the perfect pictures for this page!  I will get busy this weekend to get my project for next week ready before I leave!  Till next week, Happy Scrappin!